Sunil Gavaskar slams Yuzvendra Chahal - ‘nobody should be bowling no balls’
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Sunil Gavaskar slams Yuzvendra Chahal - ‘nobody should be bowling no balls’

Sunil Gavaskar blamed India’s complacency as a reason for their defeat against South Africa in the fourth ODI, adding that Yuzvendra Chahal’s no ball to David Miller was the turning point of the match

cricket Updated: Feb 11, 2018 20:38 IST
Ankit Kumar Singh
Ankit Kumar Singh
Hindustan Times, Mumbai
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Yuzvendra Chahal overstepped twice in India’s fourth ODI against South Africa in Johannesburg on Saturday.(AFP)

Former Indian captain Sunil Gavaskar lambasted wrist spinner Yuzvendra Chahal for bowling no balls during India’s five-wicket loss to South Africa in the fourth ODI at Johannesburg on Saturday.

Chahal overstepped twice during his spell with one of them resulting in a reprieve for home batsman David Miller, who played a key role in his team’s win with a fiery 28-ball 39. In Gavaskar’s opinion, it was the let-off to Miller that changed the momentum of the match. Gavaskar went on to describe the leggie’s act as unprofessional.

“For me, it was that no-ball where David Miller was clean bowled and the way he recovered from it. That, for me, was the turning point,” Gavaskar said while analysing the game on Sony Ten 1.

“Till then, India seemed to be in control, they had also seen the back of AB de Villiers, who was batting well. When Miller was struggling to read Yuzvendra Chahal, India were certainly in the driver’s seat,” he added.

Gavaskar also said that modern-day bowlers, who have access to technology, can’t be excused for bowling no balls especially in the limited-over cricket.

“I will be perfectly honest. In modern day cricket, with all the technology available, nobody should be bowling no balls. One can understand bowling a wide, down the leg side because that [wide rule] is a very strict interpretation. There should ideally bowl no wides on the offside also.”

“Fast bowlers can sometimes overstep. However, because it’s 50-over cricket, because there is a free hit after the no ball, I don’t think fast-bowlers should also be bowling no-balls. They, after all, use a lot of tapes to measure from here to there [run-up distance] and then how does a no ball come through,” he said.

Chahal, along with left-arm Chinaman bowler Kuldeep Yadav, was in terrific form coming into the match as the duo had played key role in scripting India’s victories in the first three ODIs. In the Saturday’s game, though, Chahal was taken to cleaners as he leaked 68 runs from only 5.3 overs besides bowling two no balls and three wides.

Gavaskar also blamed Indian team for showing lack of professionalism in the match and said the players’ relaxed approach cost them dear.

“So clearly, I think there’s little bit of lack of professionalism there. Maybe a little bit of relaxation after the 3-0 situation and the South Africans took full advantage of it. They batted brilliantly after that, Miller batted brilliantly, [Heinrich] Klaassen was outstanding, [Andile] Phehlukwayo came in and smashed it.”

Batting first, India posted 289/7, thanks to a brilliant hundred by Shikhar Dhawan and classy 75 by skipper Virat Kohli. South Africa were, in reply, set a revised target of 202 in 28 overs after rain interval and they reached it in only 25.3 overs to keep their hopes in the six-match series alive.

First Published: Feb 11, 2018 19:11 IST